Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was delighted with victory over Denmark in their World Cup qualifier.

The Azzurri struggled in the opening 15 minutes and were under a lot of pressure, but eventually came out of their shells for a 3-1 victory.

"We found some initial difficulties, as they were pushing us high up the field. Then we played excellent football for 20 minutes," said the Coach.

A minute either side of the break Denmark scored and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo was sent off for lashing out an elbow.

"We conceded this goal that could've made it all go wrong on the stroke of half-time, especially after going down to 10 men, but the team was very organised.

"I saw the spirit of a great team, as with 10 we fought in an organised and determined manner. Once again these lads did brilliantly and focused on this match, which was very, very important for us."